Corporate Voices for Working Families and The Ready by 21 National Partnership are proud to announce the winners for the inaugural 2010 Champion Award: Preparing Youth for Work.

  • Individual Leader: Tom Glenn, Ace Hardware (Tennessee)
  • Community: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Company: CVS Caremark

The Ready by 21 National Partnership is an unprecedented group of national leaders who are supporting communities to help ensure that youth are ready for college, work and life.  The 2010 Champion Award is bestowed to the Individual Leader, Community and Company who displayed exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to create local private/public partnerships dedicated to ensuring that youth have the structures and supports needed to be ready for work.

Here’s from the news release announcing the award winners:

“It’s important to recognize the outstanding contributions and results of individuals, communities and companies who are leading the way on the local level to help youth succeed,” stated Stephen M. Wing, President, Corporate Voices. “All these award recipients embrace the passion and dedication toward helping youth in their communities be ready with the skills they need in the workplace and throughout life.”

The awards were announced today at The Big Tent Conference in Houston, Texas.  The Big Tent Conference is a convening of thousands of professionals and youth, from a cross-section of national youth-serving organizations and schools to share the newest and cutting edge ideas to ensure the success of children and youth in the communities.

“Ready by 21 is about meeting leaders where they are and challenging them to do more. The recipients of these awards showed their willingness to go above and beyond to pursue the goal of having all youth be ready for college, work and life.  We are honored to stand with them under the Big Tent!” stated Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Forum for Youth Investment.

A Review Committee comprised of Ready by 21 National Partners and representatives from Corporate Voices’ member companies reviewed the nominees and chose the winners. The award will be presented again next year and nominations can be submitted on July 1, 2011, at

The Ready by 21 National Partnerships includes the following organizations: The Forum for Youth Investment, United Way Worldwide, The American Association of School Administrators, America’s Promise Alliance, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The National Collaboration for Youth, The National Conference of State Legislatures, and The Search Institute.

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